from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Contracting the tissues or blood vessels; astringent.
- adj. Tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels; hemostatic.
- n. A styptic drug or substance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Bringing about contraction of tissues, especially to stop bleeding
- n. A substance used for styptic results.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Producing contraction; stopping bleeding; having the quality of restraining hemorrhage when applied to the bleeding part; astringent.
- n. A styptic medicine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Astringent; oonstrictive; binding.
- Having the quality of checking hemorrhage or bleeding; stanching.
- n. An astringent; something causing constriction or constraint.
- n. A substance employed to check a flow of blood by application to the bleeding orifice or surface.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
- adj. tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels
Middle English stiptik, from Old French stiptique, from Latin stȳpticus, from Greek stūptikos, from stūphein, to contract.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stypticus, from Ancient Greek στυπτικός (stuptikos), from στύφειν (stuphein, "to contract"). (Wiktionary)